A short while ago I visited Masaya in Nicaragua, a city FULL of history and loaded with culture. This town has played a major role in Nicaragua’s political revolution and the locals are really proud of their small city. Honestly, we travel through Masaya with short-term missionaries on our way to other places such as volcanoes, markets, historic cities, landmarks, etc., but have never explored it.
Although in another life my goal might be to meander through the charming streets, visit museums and old churches, or sip a hideous half-frozen something-or-rather in the town square, that was not my intention at this time. I had heard there is a significant problem with street kids in the centre of this community. That was my reason for going there…
In Masaya kids as young as 3 and 4 years old are sent to the streets. They beg for money to give to their mums. There are never any dads. They do not attend school. With some of their winnings these kids purchase glue and put it in a coke bottle, then sniff it all day long. They look high when they’re awake and then they’re strewn all over the place when they sleep.
I sipped a coffee at a café whilst chatting with a couple of youngsters. I was accompanied by Jonny (WHO LOVES STREET KIDS), Lorenzy and Lino. Halfway through our conversation the owner’s daughter (Maybe 12 years old) came out with a whip and began to hit the small kids.
The kids laughed, cried, extended middle fingers and swore at the girl. It was a game for her, and a game for the little ones who weren’t being whipped. We stopped the lass and ordered food for the kids, inviting them to sit with us...
The café owner’s daughter chatted with us and braided Lorenzy’s hair. However, the young lady eyeballed the boys for the duration of their meal. Once they were done, she pulled out her whip and proceeded to drive the street kids away. More drama, more excitement, more tears.
Teen Challenge have signalled that they will be joining us in Managua to open up a centre here. I am excited about the possibilities to work with these kids AND Teen Challenge! At the end of our coffee/their meal, I struck up a conversation with a man in his 20s. He was in fact training to be a medical doctor and since then I have met some of his colleagues and have been OVERLY impressed with their heart for the poor. Young Nicaraguan professionals (In training), taking on causes relating to social justice.
A couple of months ago I wrote about a lady who was old and dying. This group of young doctors were going out of their way, not only in treating her body, but also in trying to make her final years more comfortable. I appealed for donations, first to help these young doctors purchase food and items for her home (Fan, linen, cushions, etc) and then secondly when she passed away to assist with her funeral expenses.
Well now I would like to share with you about this young man who is in his final year of medical school. He was born at the end of the war and was raised by a single mother, who left him when he was just 8 years old to go and work in another country. She’s always financially supported this fella and his three younger siblings.
Well now this young man’s mother is sick and has not been able to work for the last 3 weeks. The prognosis is not good and it looks like she won’t be able to work at all in the foreseeable future. I have been impressed by this student who would like to go on to be a surgeon. He takes care of the poor and sick in his community, has basically raised his siblings and wants to be a true pillar in his society.
I have asked for him to share his story. He has written it in English, without the assistance of a translator (and I have not edited it, except for his name) and I am impressed because he generally doesn’t come across people native English speakers. He has learnt English by listening to music and watching television:
Hello everybody, my name is M. Jimenez Blah Blah (Name changed to protect M.’s identity), I was born in Managua, Nicaragua. I’m 25 years old and I’m studying the mayor of medicine.
And to start this story, I ask myself, why am I here? And what do I need to live? Well, the most important person in my life, my mother, who has figth alone and always has been working hard,, just for us.. my brohers, my sister and Me.
I didn’t know my father, I didn’t have THAT person who always I asked everytime.. but now.. Im glad to have what my Lord decide to give me.
When I was in highschool, I always had been the best student in my school, I had participate in every academic event what allowed me, to win a beca (A scholarship of sorts) to study at the university. I was so happy. I decide to study medicine.. even beca just covered the 50%, my mother have been working to complete the rest.
Unfurtunatelly, in this life we have problems, in my case, my mon could work because she was sick some time, so I had to left university, It has been a big figth to finish my mayor, so I have been studying one semester and I had left again… but my mother and me don’t give up… now.. I have the 8th semester of medicine.. I got the highest calefaction in my class, but it is not enough.. not here.. like any system… university is very hard…and money has been a big problem…
like others.. I had suffered lo ot problems.. but I don’t like to talk about problems.. and less.. to talk about what I don’t have… just I see what I have… health.. my family.. and my soul… I don’t want to give up.. I want to finish my mayor.. to be somne who can support my family. As a doctor.. I hope to help people one day.. and to give my best always.”
This young fella is in need of assistance. Today I would ask you to consider helping him. The balance of the cost of providing his education (Bachelor of Medicine) is $300 per month, but the balance of what is needed is just $120 per month from now until December (He also works). He has also just had some medical equipment stolen, which he believes was taken by a patient. The cost to replace these items is $250.
We would welcome donations of any amount, and either as a once off gift or on a monthly basis. I can put you in contact with him directly, and can guarantee that the entire amount of every donation will go to him.
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Many thanks and God bless you TODAY!
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